Contribution to panel, with Patricia Fara and Judith Howard, for In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, first broadcast 3 October 2019.
Who wants to live forever?
Contribution on crystallography and Dorothy Hodgkin to BBC’s Tomorrow’s World podcast, first available 1 February 2018.
BBC Radio 4, last broadcast 14 and 21 October 2015. Currently not available on iPlayer.
A two-part series dramatising the life of the pioneering mathematician through her letters, starring Sally Hawkins as Ada and Anthony Head as Charles Babbage.
BBC Radio 4, last broadcast 6-10 October 2014. Available on BBC iPlayer.
Five-part series dramatising the life of Dorothy Hodgkin through her letters.
During the 1980s and 1990s I contributed regularly to BBC Radio 4’s weekly magazine programme Science Now. From 1982 I researched, wrote and presented a number of radio documentaries and series, including No Science Please – We’re British and This Little Piggy (a six-part series for parents about the under-5s). My 1988 series The Seven Ages of Health, investigating local and regional initiatives to promote health and prevent disease in Britain, won a Glaxo Science Writers’ Prize.
Other work for radio includes the historical series Cold War: Hot Science (1996), the six-part series of Blue Skies (2000), on the theme of images in science, and the documentary on music and memory Here’s One I Prepared Earlier (2004) on Radio 3; Hearing Colours, Eating Sounds (two-part documentary, 2002) on the topic of synaesthesia, Lifeblood (two-part documentary, 2003) and Wired for Life (2 part documentary, 2004) for Radio 4; and Restoration Science (four-part documentary, 2004) for BBC World Service.